Monthly SimLit Short Story Challenge: April 2020 Theme & March 2020 Submissions (Winner’s Update)

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Please note:

Part 1 of this blog will present the upcoming monthly theme, banner links and challenge specifics for the current month.

Part 2 will contain links to the previous month’s submissions and a link to vote in each category (veteran or novice).

After the vote closes an update to this blog post will be made to announce the winners in each category.

If you are brand new to this challenge click here for info on starting and posting:

Monthly SimLit Short Story Challenge – Announcement & Info


Before I get started, I want to give some HIGH marks to the scribblers who jumped on this crazy idea of a 3-month-short-story writer’s collab.

I am pretty sure we all felt some degree of trepidation as we embarked.

But embark we did!

How would this end up looking for those who would stick it out for the three months?

Well, I can tell you!

For the ones with the audacity to start and the fortitude to finish,

as you are about to find out,

are looking mighty good!

NOT A BAD story in the lot.

Wonderful job!

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Part One –  New Theme:

I do confess I struggled with settling upon a theme this month.

The current world situation looms large – ahh what to do with it?

Avoid it?

Ignore it?

Embrace it?

People are hurting and people are fearful.

It is a time like no one has ever seen before.

I wanted something to touch the heart of our readers.

To bring a tiny bit of light.


So where to go for inspiration?

Google of course.

Scanning I found the most amazing quote from Mark Twain,

“The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.”

So my scribbling friends, let’s dig into our bag of tricks and pull out our best weapons this month.

Let’s make ’em laugh!

Pick one of these “funny” words and use it in a humorous story.

Jocose            Waggish            Wisecracker            Farceur            Buffoon            Larker

Yep, it may not be easy (even I am wondering what the heck I am thinking)

BUT after all, this is a CHALLENGE!




Up to 900 max


min 4 to max 12


30 April 2020 @ Midnight PST


Post your story on your blog AND here.

(If you are new to the forum and cannot post a link yet let me know and I will help.)

Monthly Simlit Short Story Challenge – forum thread link


April 2020 participant banners

(Dropbox Link)

Submit in one of two categories.

Generally …

Novice – blogging for a year or less


Veteran – blogging for more than a year and/or more experienced writer

Place whichever banner you choose at the beginning of your blog to indicate which branch of the challenge you are submitting to (Novice or Veteran).


Part two –

Past month submissions & Vote

& Winner’s Update

Veteran Category

1st Place  The Life of Veronica Grey: Part 3

2nd Place  Castaway Todd – Part 3 The Guardian

3rd Place  A Star is Born

Novice Catagory

1st Place  Valley of Angels Part 3

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MSSSC Submissions Veteran –

Short Story: Lucian 3

Dawn and the Late Confession

March: Lucian

The Book of Love & Death, Part III

Castaway Todd – Part 3 The Guardian

The Life of Veronica Grey: Part 3

Uri’s Tale: The Mermaid

A Star is Born

Please remember to pick your 3 favorites in the poll.

The vote closes on 7 April @ Midnight PST

*Veteran vote link

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MSSSC Submissions Novice –

Valley of Angels Part 3

Please pick your 2 favorites.

*Novice vote link*  Closed


Monthly SimLit Short Story Challenge – Table of contents

9 thoughts on “Monthly SimLit Short Story Challenge: April 2020 Theme & March 2020 Submissions (Winner’s Update)

  1. This was the hardest one to vote for by far! I wish I could have voted for all of them.

    I’m super excited about the April theme, too! I cannot wait. ❤


  2. I’m kicking myself for getting distracted by shiny objects and missing the vote! At least it’s not too late to read everyone’s story. Man, there was some rough competition for Novice this round, huh?

    I’ll be cheering y’all on from the bleachers this month. The current chapter I’m writing does fit the quote to a T—like, without giving too much away, that quote’s spot-on for the Sims universe—but if the goal is to bring a little bit of light, yeah, that’s a job for someone else. Wouldn’t want to rain on anyone’s parade. Stay healthy and sane!

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